Present Simple Wh Questions - ESL Activities, Games and Worksheets

A Day in the Life of a Football Player

ESL Present Simple Wh Questions Activity - Reading, Writing and Speaking - Elementary (A1-A2) - 30 minutes

In this free present simple 'Wh' questions activity, students complete a text about a football player's routine on match day by asking and answering 'Wh' questions. Divide the students into two groups (A and B) and give each student a corresponding worksheet. Working with the people in their group, students complete the present simple 'Wh' questions they need to find out the missing information in the text on their worksheet. Afterwards, check the questions with each group. Next, students pair up with someone from the other group. The students ask their partner the present simple 'Wh' questions they have prepared and complete the gaps in the text with their partner's answers. When the students have finished, they check their texts and spelling by comparing worksheets.
 

At the Party

ESL Present Simple Wh Questions Activity - Writing, Listening and Speaking - Elementary (A1-A2) - 25 minutes

In this enjoyable present simple 'Wh' questions activity, students learn how to ask 'Wh' questions about personal information. Divide the students into groups of four and give each student an identity worksheet. The students' task is to take on the identity of the person on their worksheet and complete the missing information about the other people at the party. Students go around asking present simple 'Wh' questions to the other people in their group and they complete their worksheet with the missing information. When the students have finished, they report back to the class on the people they met at the party using the present simple.
 

Habits and Routines

ESL Present Simple Wh Questions Activity - Writing, Listening and Speaking - Elementary (A1-A2) - 30 minutes

In this present simple 'Wh' questions activity, students ask and answer questions to find people with the same habits and routines. Give each student a copy of the worksheet. The students begin by making present simple 'Wh' questions from the prompts on the worksheet. The students then answer the questions in the column marked 'You'. When the students have finished, they go around the class asking and answering the questions on their worksheet to find people with the same answers. When a student finds someone with the same habit or routine, the two students write each other's name in the last column of the worksheet. When everyone has finished, students give feedback to the rest of the class on what they found out.
 

Information Exchange

ESL Present Simple Wh Questions Activity - Writing, Listening and Speaking - Elementary (A1-A2) - 20 minutes

This useful present simple 'Wh' questions activity helps to teach students how to ask and answer 'Wh' questions with the third-person singular. In the activity, students exchange personal information about four people in order to complete missing information in a chart. Divide the students into pairs (A and B) and give each student a corresponding worksheet. Students then take it in turns to ask present simple 'Wh' questions from the prompts to their partner and complete the chart with their answers. When the students have finished, they compare worksheets to check their answers.
 

Present Simple Wh Questions Worksheet

ESL Present Simple Wh Questions Worksheet - Reading and Writing Activity - Elementary (A1-A2) - 20 minutes

This free worksheet helps students learn and practice present simple 'Wh' questions and question words. Give each student a copy of the worksheet. Students begin by matching each question word with its correct usage. Students then complete present simple questions with a suitable question word. Next, students sort the questions into the correct columns, according to their grammatical form. In the last exercise, students write present simple 'Wh' questions that elicit a set of answers.
 
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Present Simple Wh Questions Interactive Worksheet

ESL Present Simple Wh Questions Interactive Worksheet - Online Reading and Writing Exercises - Elementary (A1-A2) - 20 minutes

Here is a free interactive PDF version of the above worksheet for English teachers who are working online. In the interactive worksheet, students complete online exercises to learn and practice present simple 'Wh' questions and question words.
 

What do they do?

ESL Present Simple Wh Questions Activity - Writing, Listening and Speaking - Elementary (A1-A2) - 20 minutes

In this present simple 'Wh' questions with 'do' activity, students ask and answer questions in the third-person singular in order to complete information about four people's free-time routines. Divide the students into pairs (A and B) and give each student a corresponding worksheet. The students then take it in turns to ask present simple 'Wh' questions with the third-person singular in order to complete information about the four people's free-time routines, e.g. 'What does Nora do on Saturday afternoons?' Their partner looks at the corresponding information in the chart on their worksheet and makes a present simple sentence using the third-person, e.g. 'She goes to the park'. The other student then writes the activity in the chart. This continues until both students have completed their charts. When the students have finished, review the answers as a class.
 

Information Gathering

ESL Present Simple Wh Questions Activity - Writing, Listening and Speaking - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 25 minutes

In this rewarding present simple 'Wh' questions activity, students find out information about their classmates' habits and routines by asking and answering 'Wh' questions. Give each student a question card about routine activities. The students' task is to find out the answer to the question on their card by speaking to everybody in the class. Students go around the class asking and answering their questions and noting down their classmates' responses. When the students have finished, they take it in turns to report back to the class on the information they found out. As an extension, the students write the information they have gathered on a poster to be displayed in the classroom.
 

Just a Normal Day

ESL Present Simple Wh Questions Activity - Writing, Listening and Speaking - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 30 minutes

In this free present simple 'Wh' questions activity, students ask and answer 'Wh' questions about daily routines. Give each student a copy of the worksheet. In pairs, students take it in turns to interview their partner about their daily routine and write their answers on the worksheet. When both students have finished, they compare their daily routines and look for similarities and differences. Pairs then take it in turns to report back to the class on the information they found out. As an extension, students write a paragraph about their partner's daily routine in the present simple.
 

Likewise

ESL Present Simple Wh Questions Activity - Writing, Listening and Speaking - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 30 minutes

This engaging present simple 'Wh' questions activity helps to teach students how to ask and answer 'Wh' questions about habits and routines. Give each student a copy of the worksheet. Students begin by completing present simple sentences on the worksheet about their habits and routine, e.g. 'In the evening, I usually watch TV at home'. The students then work in pairs and write down present simple 'Wh' questions that correspond to the sentences they wrote, e.g. 'What do you usually do in the evening?' When the students have finished writing, they go around the classroom asking and answering their questions. When a student finds someone with the same answer, the student says 'Likewise'. The two students then write each other's name in the last column of the worksheet. When everyone has finished, students discuss their findings with the class.
 

Mistakes, Mistakes

ESL Present Simple Wh Questions Activity - Reading, Listening and Speaking - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 30 minutes

In this insightful present simple 'Wh' questions activity, students correct mistakes in third-person singular 'Wh' questions. Students then use the questions to interview a partner about a friend's habits and routine. Divide the students into pairs (A and B) and give each student a corresponding worksheet. Working alone, the students find six mistakes in the questions on their worksheet and correct them. The students then take it in turns to check their corrections with their partner who has the answer key. After the questions have been checked, students interview each other using the questions on their worksheet. Student A thinks about a male friend and answers Student B’s questions about this friend. Student B thinks of a female friend and answers Student A’s questions about this friend. Students can also choose a family member if they wish. Afterwards, students tell the class about their partner's friend.
 

Put it together

ESL Present Simple Wh Questions Activity - Reading, Listening and Speaking - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 25 minutes

In this free present simple discussion activity, students practice asking and answering 'Wh' questions with the verb 'to be' and 'do'. Give each group of three or four a set of question cards. The students take it in turns to take a card and ask the other students in the group a present simple 'Wh' question by adding do, does or the verb 'to be' to the question on the card. The other students then respond in turn. Encourage the students to ask for and give as much information as possible by asking follow-up questions. When the question has been fully answered, the next student takes a card and so on. When the students have finished, they give feedback to the class on what they found out about their classmates.
 

True or False Board Game

ESL Present Simple Wh Questions Board Game - Listening and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 30 minutes

In this amusing present simple 'Wh' questions board game, students practice asking and answering 'Wh' questions about daily routines and habits. Give each group of three or four a copy of the game board, a set of true and false cards, a dice and counters. The students then take it in turns to roll the dice and move their counter along the board. When a player lands on a square, the student on their right mixes up the true and false cards face down. The player then picks a card and looks at it without showing anyone. The student on their right then asks the player a present simple 'Wh' question from the prompt on the square. The player gives a true or false answer in sentence form, according to the instructions on the card. If a player lands on a question mark square, the student on the right can ask any present simple 'Wh' question they like. All the students, including the one that asked the question, guess whether the player’s answer is true or false. The player then reveals the answer. Each student receives one point for a correct guess. Then, the next player rolls the dice and so on. When someone reaches the finish, the game ends. The student with the most points wins the game.
 

Present Simple Wh Question Time

ESL Present Simple Wh Questions Game - Speaking Activity - Low intermediate (B1) - 45 minutes

Here is a fast-paced present simple questions game to help students practice making 'Wh' questions. In groups of three or four, students take it in turns to pick up a card and ask as many present simple 'Wh' questions as they can about the topic on the card in two minutes. Students ask their questions to the other group members in turn. Students score a point for each correctly formed present simple 'Wh' question they ask relating to the topic. Each question must be answered by a group member before the student can ask another question. The student with the most points at the end of the game wins. This game can also be used to practice other question forms, e.g. past simple yes/no questions, questions with 'going to', etc.
 
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